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Spiti R.,UO Dietologia e Nutrizione Clinica | Lanzi P.,UO Dietologia e Nutrizione Clinica | Braggiotti S.,UO Dietologia e Nutrizione Clinica | Noe D.,UO Dietologia e Nutrizione Clinica
Mediterranean Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism | Year: 2012

We have analysed group therapy efficacy in weight loss of obese outpatients, non responders to previous hypocaloric treatments. The results we have obtained during the last 8 years have been compared to those reported in literature, to our previous observations and to results obtained in a group of obese outpatients in traditional diet-therapy. Themean weight loss in patients followed for 6 months with group therapywas 5.5%of the initial weight (IW); 48.5%of them lost more than 5% and 13% lost more than 10% of IW. The results obtained in a traditional treated group were a little better:mean weight loss was-6.6%, 61% lost more than5% and 22% more than 10% of IW. So, in our opinion, group therapy can be usefully applied only in selected patients (i.e. older in age/nonresponders to traditional treatments), where it might have a possible role as a more cost-effective treatment. © Springer-Verlag 2012.

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